Washington Center

Power and Purpose: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy

Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Quarter Dates: 
September 19 - November 28, 2023
Semester Dates: 
August 23 - November 28, 2023
Core Seminar

This course explores the ideas and assumptions that guide U.S. foreign policy. We will consider how U.S. leaders choose to engage with the rest of the world -- and consider how they might in the future -- by focusing on a number of recurring themes including: relations with China and Russia; nuclear proliferation; democracy promotion; terrorism and counterterrorism; resource competition; the importance of culture and national identity; transnational threats such as infectious disease and climate change; the problems of weak and failing states; and the economics of national security.

About the Professor: Professor Christopher Preble currently serves as Senior Fellow and Director of the Reimagining US Grand Strategy Program at the Stimson Center. He was previously co-director of the New American Engagement Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Professor Preble has written four books (on U.S. foreign policy/grand strategy) and edited three others (on Iraq, counterterrorism, and threat perception). He's also written a number of shorter papers and book chapters (on, for example, the Middle East, nuclear weapons, the defense budget, intelligence assessment, fixing failed states, and U.S.-Japan relations). Professor Preble has also taught at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota; and at Temple University, where he earned his PhD in History. He earned his BA (also in History) at George Washington University, and served for four years in the U.S. Navy, including a little more than three years on the USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47).


Requirement for ALL semester students:

The first four weeks of this semester (August 23 to September 13) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Marc Sandalow on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. Please contact Professor Sandalow (marc.sandalow@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Your selected seminar will begin the week of September 18 and your seminar instructor will officially be your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the term.

**NO additional registration required.

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